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May 10, 2012

Cultivating Creativity children’s exhibit on view in Paris though May 31

PARIS, ILL. — The traveling exhibition Cultivating Creativity 2011-2012: Consolidated Communications Children’s Art Exhibit continues its year-long tour in Paris at the Carnegie Public Library, 207 S. Main St. The exhibit will be on view through May 31. Cultivating Creativity showcases some of the outstanding art produced through east-central Illinois school art programs. Presented is art by 43 students, each representing a different school. The art was created during the 2010-11 school year.

Representing schools in the Paris area are Bo Minor, Crestwood Unit No. 4 School and Sophia Jordan, St. Mary’s School.

Minor’s pencil drawing “Portrait of My Momma” was done in the sixth grade under the direction of Mary H. St. Clair at Crestwood school. At St. Mary’s School, fourth grader Jordan created the watercolor painting “Quilt of Colors” under the direction of Christi McClain.

Cultivating Creativity 2011–2012 is sponsored by Consolidated Communications and the Tarble Arts Center, Eastern Illinois University. The exhibit will travel to 14 communities, from Assumption to Paris and from Tuscola to Effingham. The Tarble Arts Center teams with Consolidated Communications in this annual program to showcase some of the outstanding art by area students and to help raise awareness of the importance of including the arts as part of the regular school curriculum.  

The 2011 report “Reinvesting in Arts Education” emphasizes the correlation between arts education and brain development. “Increasingly, researchers are finding evidence that early arts education is a building block of developing brain function.” Anne Duncan in the report “Reinvesting in Arts Education” emphasizes the importance of the arts in a comprehensive education at an early age. Duncan writes, “to succeed today and in the future America’s children will need to be inventive, resourceful, and imaginative. The best way to foster that creativity is through arts education.”  

Schools participating this year include: Altamont CUSD No. 10; Arthur District No. 305; Charleston District No. 1; Casey-Westfield Junior and Senior High Schools; Central A&M District No. 21; Central Grade School, Effingham; Crestwood Unit No. 4 School, Paris; Effingham High School; Kansas District No. 3; Main Street and Moulton Schools, Shelbyville; Mattoon District No. 2; Neoga CUSD No. 3; Oakland District No. 5; Okaw Valley District No. 302; South Side Elementary School, Effingham; St. Anthony Grade School, Effingham; Stewardson-Strasburg District No. 5A; St. Mary’s School, Paris; Sullivan Middle and High Schools; Tuscola High School; and Windsor District No. 1.

The exhibit is comprised of art works in a wide variety of media and styles. Included are paintings in tempera, acrylic, and watercolor; drawings in ink, pastel, colored pencil, crayon, chalk and graphite; and collage. Other media represented are woven reed, scratchboard, digital photography and mixed media.

Cultivating Creativity is a community engagement program of the Tarble Arts Center. The Tarble also offers a variety of other educational programs for area schools, including a tour/workshop enrichment program that is open to area fifth grade and to junior/senior high art students, a month-long artist-in-the-schools residency, guided tours, and teacher workshops. Most programs are presented free of charge to the participating schools and supported through Tarble membership contributions and the Tarble Arts Center Endowment/EIU Foundation.

For more information about the Cultivating Creativity exhibit or other programs contact the Tarble Arts Center at (217) 581-ARTS (2787) or tarble@eiu.edu. The Tarble is funded in part by the Tarble Arts Center Fund/EIU Foundation, Tarble Arts membership contributions, and program sponsors. A division of the EIU College of Arts & Humanities, the Tarble is accredited by the American Association of Museums.

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